Tuition FAQs

Maths Heaven Ltd was a concept developed as an academic project and no longer offers online tuition.
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1. What is Maths Heaven?

2. How does it work?

3. Why is online private tutoring better than face-to-face private tutoring?

4. How much does online tutoring cost with Maths Heaven?

5. Why is Maths Heaven private tuition cheaper than face-to-face private tuition?

6. How do I pay for online private tuition?

7. Do I need any other resources to help me with my learning?

8. What if my child can’t stay focused on maths for very long?

9. What if I’m not available for a full hour of tuition?

10. I need to revise for an exam next Monday. Can I schedule three hours of tutoring on Sunday night?

11. How will my progress be tracked and measured?

12. What will happen during my consultation session?

13. How will my progress be measured?

14. What will happen at the end of my programme of study?


1. What is Maths Heaven?
Maths Heaven was concieved originally in 2011 as a prototype online private tutoring service. The idea was that you could sign up for weekly sessions that help build your confidence and catch you up at school, a personalised programme of lessons to prepare for a specific qualification (such as GCSE Maths or Adult Numeracy), or you could just book a single session to address a specific question or topic.

2. How does it work?
When you subscribe to Maths Heaven, you would be issued with a log-in and password. This log-in would allow you access to an online private classroom via the Maths Heaven website.  When you log in to this site, you have access to your online Individual learning Plan (ILP) created by your tutor, and also details of upcoming scheduled classes.

3. Why is online private tutoring sometimes better than face-to-face private tutoring?
Private maths tuition in your home can cost more than £30 per hour, especially if you live a long way away from your tutor. Normally, private tutors expect you to travel to their home, and sometimes parents need to wait whilst their child is tutored.  Online tuition reduces petrol and travelling time, and parents are free to do other tasks whilst their child is being tutored.  Please note, we do recommend that all young people are supervised when online, particularly in the case of technical difficulties.

4. How much does online tutoring cost with Maths Heaven?
Private maths tuition usually costs between £25-30 per hour, even at primary level. The tutoring market is unregulated, so many tutors are not qualified to teach and sometimes even tutor several younger learners at once to increase income. Here at Maths Heaven we don’t believe that this delivery model offers either value for money or personalised teaching and learning.

Maths Heaven would only employ qualified, experienced tutors and will only offer group tutoring by negotiation.

5. Why is Maths Heaven private tuition cheaper than face-to-face private tuition?
Maths Heaven online tuition removes the cost of travel and parking. It reduces the fuel costs for both you and the tutor. It allows the tutor to access all the resources that they use for tutoring at the click of a button. It means that your other commitments won’t be affected, like childcare, tea-time or sports activities.

Online tuition with Maths Heaven means that the price of private tutoring is competitive without affecting the quality of the teaching and learning. It also means that scheduling lessons is much more convenient and flexible.

6. How could I pay for online private tuition?

You would be asked to pay for online tuition in advance via PayPal. Depending on your requirements, you could pay for each session individually, but we recommend that if you plan on multiple tuition sessions that you pay for them in advance to avoid time spent during the live online session.

7. Do I need any other resources to help me with my learning?
You may already have a textbook or workbook that you have purchased to support your learning. Depending on your individual learning goals, your tutor may recommend a suitable supporting textbook or online resource that will be used during your lessons and to set homework practice. Maths Heaven has a list of recommendations for textbooks and support resources.

8. What if my child can’t stay focused on maths for very long?
Sometimes, intensive full hour sessions are not appropriate to younger learners, so half hour sessions can be scheduled pro rata. If you feel that you or your child would benefit more from two half-hour sessions instead of one hour, you may schedule two separate half-hour sessions and will only be billed for one hour.

9. What if I’m not available for a full hour of tuition?
Sometimes you can’t free up an hour in a week – here at Maths Heaven we know how you feel! Half hour sessions can be scheduled pro rata, and they don’t have to be at a regular time every week. You will be billed at the beginning of your second half-hour of tutoring.

10. I need to revise for an exam next Monday. Can I schedule three hours of tutoring on Sunday night?
Here at Maths Heaven we don’t recommend that you have online tutoring for more than one hour without a break. Private tuition can be quite intensive at any level, and real, active learning often takes place during periods of reflection and practise.

So rather than schedule three consecutive hours we would recommend that you schedule one hour per day over three consecutive days. This way you will have the opportunity to reflect, revise and practise your skills outside of the session. This will help build your confidence and ultimately give you an better learning experience.

However, if you need help in the week before an exam, and there is no alternative than to schedule consecutive hours, Maths Heaven will request one five minute comfort break at the end of each hour. Both the learner and the tutor are encouraged to take a break from the computer and a refreshment break. *Learners should not schedule more than two consecutive hours without the express permission of the individual tutor.*

11. How will my progress be tracked and measured?
Before your first session, you will be asked to do two things.

Initial Assessment – you will need to complete the initial assessment in order that we can verify your current ability level. This is a standard initial assessment activity and is not a “test”. Your performance on this assessment will determine your current level of numeracy.

Disclosure Form – you need to disclose all information about yourself that is important to your tutor. All information that you tell us in this form is very important; it will help your tutor to plan your tuition to address your learning needs appropriately.

12. What will happen during my consultation session?
On your consultation session, your tutor will have read your form and will ask you some key questions to find out more about what you hope to gain from private maths tuition. As a result of this consultation your tutor will draw up an individual learning plan for the next six sessions (or fewer, depending on your requirements). This is the point at which you can negotiate a plan of action for the following tuition sessions. Up to six specific objectives will be set according to your needs, and based upon your initial assessment. These will be emailed to you as confirmation of your individual learning plan.

13. How will my progress be measured?
Your tutor will review your progress briefly at the end of each tutorial according to that session’s objective. This is the point at which you will have the opportunity to review the session and make requests for the following sessions. Your tutor will confirm the content of the next session and set a short homework activity to consolidate your learning.

14. What will happen at the end of my programme of study?
After six sessions (or at the end of your planned programme of learning if fewer than six hours) your tutor will take approximately fifteen minutes of the session to review your progress. He or she will refer to your original learning plan and informally assess your progress on each of the learning objectives. The results of this review will be recorded on file and emailed to you for consideration. Your tutor will recommend objectives for future study.

At the end of the final session, you will be asked to give specific feedback on your programme of study via an online form that you can email directly and confidentially to admin@mathsheaven.co.uk. Your feedback is extremely important to us and we endeavour to act upon your suggestions where possible.